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I need to remove the letters and numbers from the keys on a number of keyboards. This needs to be done in a non-hazardous fashion without introduction extra physical textures on the keys.

The keys are standard plastic keys on Microsoft keyboards.

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Can you elaborate on what you mean by non-hazardous? – Zoredache Jul 3 '10 at 5:17
I can't use any chemicals that will cause health problems or finger irritation after letter/number removal – Brian Webster Jul 3 '10 at 5:28
You're probably just going to have to experiment with a number of solvents until you find one that works. Once the job is done, a wash in soapy water should remove the solvent. I would try things like Goo Gone, fingernail polish remover (both with and without acetone), lighter fluid and WD-40. Plan on sacrificing several key caps to the point of needing replacement until you find a solution (no pun intended). I have to say, this is a very unusual request. – Dennis Williamson Jul 3 '10 at 5:37
@Dennis, I've seen this done for touch-typing tests. That's about the only situation I've seen where this would be desirable though apart from being incredibly leet (referring to your answer below).. sorry l33t... – Mark Henderson Jul 5 '10 at 3:25
@Farseeker: n00b! That's "l337". ;-) If you want real l337 and have the US$1600 or so to spare, the Optimus Maximus is the must-have. – Dennis Williamson Jul 5 '10 at 4:24
up vote 5 down vote accepted

das keyboard ultimate

Das Keyboard Ultimate - no key inscriptions

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Warning: $129 may be hazardous. – Andrew Jul 3 '10 at 10:33

This site also sells blank keyboards (and in 90's web style!) for ~$50. They also sell blank key overlays, so maybe you could just cover over the keys instead of removing the ink?

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